‘Banning the bullshit’ (Super bowl) Sunday : ‘Here, home, hope’ by Kaira Rouda

Ok, I must admit, I am a Patriots fan (not sure how many of my American friends will fall out with me for ‘fessing up to this?) and will be watching tonight to see how they get on, even if I don’t quite get American footy…

Still exciting nonetheless. BUT, before that, is the BIG match! My beloved Manchester United are taking on Chelsea, now THAT’S football! 😉

Anyway, I digress. Enough of the bullshit! 😉

It’s Sunday again and time for ‘Banning the bullshit’! As promised…

Today, I would like to direct your attention to Kaira Rouda.

Yup, that’s her. Not only is she gorgeous, turns out that she’s pretty good at this writing lark too! She won the Indie excellence award for Womens’ Fiction AND got an ‘honourable mention’ in Writers’ Digest International Self-Published Book Awards for Mainstream fiction! Ooh, get her! 😉

Anyway, think mid-life crisis and settling for your lot…then read this!

Kelly Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her middling middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding. But Kelly’s own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan. From page one, Kelly’s witty reflections, self-deprecating humor, and clever tactics in executing that plan–she places Post-it notes all over her house and car–will have readers laughing out loud. The next instant, however, they might rant right along with Kelly as her commitment to a sullen, anorexic teenager left on her doorstep tries her patience or as she deflects the boozy advances of a divorced neighbor. Readers will need to keep the tissue box handy, too, as Kelly repairs the damage she inflicted on a high school friend; realizes how deeply her husband, Patrick, understands and loves her; and ultimately grows into a woman empowered by her own blend of home and career.
Winner of the Indie Excellence Award, Here, Home, Hope will surely appeal to readers of chick lit and other women’s fiction titles who are ready to transition into something new in their own life.
“Witty and uplifting, Here, Home, Hope is a charming debut that explores the courage it takes to reshape life and how to do it with a dash of panache.” –Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“Relatable and inspiring. A perfect read for anyone experiencing one of life’s “what’s next?” moments.” –Robyn Harding Author, Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis

“If you’ve ever felt your own life contained a list of Things to Change (and whose hasn’t?), then you will fall in love with Kelly Johnson, the restless protagonist of Here, Home, Hope. Kaira Rouda’s funny, moving novel is a model of inspiration and reinvention for anyone seeking to find what’s next in life.” –Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals

“A warm, witty, and engaging debut that had me laughing out loud. Rouda has created a lovable and perceptive heroine who navigates her struggles with honesty and awe-inspiring determination to succeed. A fun and totally satisfying read.” –Amy Hatvany, author of Best Kept Secret

“A wonderfully warm read about finding happiness in yourself, Kaira Rouda’s debut novel skillfully portrays the triumph of self-belief over society’s threatening elements.” –Talli Roland, author, The Hating Game

“A must read for anyone who’s had their own mid-life crisis, Here, Home, Hope reminds us that it’s never too late to reinvent ourselves.” –Liz Fenton, author of I’ll Have Who She’s Having and creator of Chick Lit is not Dead

Here’s the links:

Amazon UK


I mean, it’d be silly not to, right?

Happy Sunday, without the dung! 😉


Writer, dreamer, pantser.

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6 comments on “‘Banning the bullshit’ (Super bowl) Sunday : ‘Here, home, hope’ by Kaira Rouda
  1. I didn’t know any Brits even acknowledged American football. Superbowl Sunday is less about football than it is about watching TV ads and eating guacamole and chicken wings in very hot pepper sauce. I have no idea why those particular foods have gained prominence. But even if you hate watching sports, it’s a fun holiday. With no residual religious overtones, which is always a plus.

    Great spotlight on what looks like a fantastic book. I love these, Saffi!

  2. Well you haven’t turned me away by being a Patriot’s fan. I grew up in New england when NONE of our teams could win, including the Patriots… But anyway…

    Sounds like I should buy this book and read it in a couple years when my mid-life crisis looms closer. Still strange to think I’ll be closer to 40 than 30 this next birthday….

    Yeah… so having mid-life crisis on the brain means your having one right? *giggles?*

    :} Cathryn

  3. Kaira Rouda says:


    Thank you so much for featuring Here, Home, Hope! As noted by Cathryn, I think it’s quite possible to have a midlife crisis at any age…as women tend to reflect the stres/changes in their relationships. More of life shifts, don’t you know.

    Thanks again for featuring me and Here, Home, Hope! It’s been so fun to finally realize my dreams coming true as an author. Hopefully, you all will try my next novel, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, coming out March 29th!

    Have a SUPER day!

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